The purpose of the Apollo 11 mission was to land men on the lunar surface and to return them safely to Earth. The crew consisted of Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, Command Module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module pilot. Apollo 11 fulfilled President John F. Kennedy's goal of reaching the Moon before the Soviet Union by the end of the 1960s, which he had expressed during a 1961 mission statement before the United States Congress: "I believe that this nation ... Read More